With the unveiling of the latest statue on the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park, the War of 1812 is commemorated with another colorful character from America's military past.
"You can walk up to them and imagine what these people looked like during that day and time. It brings them to life and that's the purpose of it," said Steve Beachy with the Veterans Memorial Board.
The statue is the sixth on the trail that commemorates all the wars in our country's past and serves as a way to remember our history.
"Visitors to this park will come here and have a beautiful trail to walk along and at the same time, learn a little bit about American history and what that service and sacrifice of all those veterans has been to our nation," said Beachy.
"This is one of the neatest and least known place in the Brazos Valley. It's a place where history comes alive," said Vietnam veteran Jerry Hince.
As you stand next to the statue dedicated to World War II, you can almost hear fighter planes take to the sky. Or the sound of flintlock rifles next to the statue dedicated to the War for Texas Independence. The pieces bring a historically accurate representation of what our founding fathers sacrificed for freedom.
"It's important because we have to learn from our history. If you don't learn from history, you're going to repeat it and you're going to repeat your mistakes. In a world where history is changing everyday, we need to learn the past. By coming out here you can learn about the greatest generation, you can learn about the War of 1812, you can learn about the Star Spangled Banner," said Hince.
Learning that history is an important lesson that will hopefully lead to even more knowledge of where we've been and where we're going.
The Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial hopes to have every statue in place at Veterans Park by the year 2026 which happens to be the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
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